• Housing in Canada

How to find a house?

It’s never easy for a new comer to find a house. I remember that when I moved here, I didn’t have a clue about the situation of real estate in Canada.

The first things you need to know when you want to find a house is to read the adverts. I know it may sound obvious, as in any other country in the world, real estate in Canada is a question of words. To put it simply: don’t judge a book by its cover!

My dad always taught me that anybody can write anything in order to sell something…it doesn’t mean that what’s written is true!

There are easy things to do in order to find a house without being trapped by a crooked entrepreneur.

First thing is to make an appointment to visit it, compare the value of the house to what real estate in Canada tends to offer. Ask people you know (or people from public services) about the area if don’t know it; visit it twice: once during the day, once in the evening in order to compare: it can be more noisy, too dark, you can discover that the area is creepy in the evening…

Ask if appliances and hydro are included in the bills. Be careful if the landlord asks too many papers: he can basically only ask you to sign the lease.

Check the size of the place, if you can easily put appliances, if your bed will fit in the bedroom etc…

It might be hard not to get trapped when you come to a foreign country, a good option remains going through a relocation agency which will take care of everything and knows where to look for a place, what’s expensive/what’s not…

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About the Author:

Living in Montreal since 2005 after France and the United States, I want to share with you how much I love Canada and my advice to successfully immigrate to Canada!

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